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West Indies win World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka

West Indies battle to glorious win over hosts Sri Lanka to win World Twenty20 title

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UPDATED:

17:08 GMT, 7 October 2012

Marlon Samuels inspired a West Indies fightback from the brink to deny Sri Lanka a home win and triumph themselves instead in the ICC World Twenty20 final.

Samuels' memorable 78 revived the Windies, after it appeared they had fluffed their lines terminally, on the way to an improbable 36-run victory at the Premadasa Stadium.

In a showpiece match which saw the majority of bowlers excel themselves, and almost all the batsmen stumble on centre stage, Samuels bucked the trend emphatically with a 56-ball innings containing six sixes and three fours on a fair pitch. How the West Indies needed him, though, after an embarrassing false start to their innings in which master blaster Chris Gayle could make only three from 16 balls.

On top of the world: West Indies players celebrate after winning the World Twenty20 final

On top of the world: West Indies players celebrate after winning the World Twenty20 final

We've only gone and done it: Dwayne Bravo celebrates as he holds a catch to clinch victory for the West Indies

We've only gone and done it: Dwayne Bravo celebrates as he holds a catch to clinch victory for the West Indies

Even after Samuels had transformed
proceedings, it seemed West Indies had almost certainly fallen short of a
winning score with their 137 for six. But it was to be Sri Lanka who
truly froze as what appeared a near routine chase featured a mid-innings
collapse of six wickets for 21 runs – for a final product of 101 all
out in the 19th over, and just the Windies' second International Cricket
Council global trophy since the 1979 World Cup.

But the match had started ominously
badly for them. Their famed big-hitters were simply nowhere to be seen
for the first half of their innings, as initial caution went to extremes
– and Ajantha Mendis (four for 12) took most advantage.

Delight: Sunil Narine celebrates with teammates after the run out of Jeevan Mendis

Delight: Sunil Narine celebrates with teammates after the run out of Jeevan Mendis

Angelo Mathews and Nuwan Kulasekera
used the new ball well, but it was still bizarre that the West Indies
should take until the fifth over to reach double-figures.

Their achingly slow start was under
way with four dot-balls from Mathews to Johnson Charles, who reacted to
the fifth by mistiming a catch to mid-off. After that wicket-maiden –
number three Samuels let the sixth ball, his first, go – there was not a
run on the board until Kulasekera bowled a wide halfway through the
second over.

All smiles: Denesh Ramdin celebrates with Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle after running out Thisara Perera

All smiles: Denesh Ramdin celebrates with Marlon Samuels and Chris Gayle after running out Thisara Perera

Around 40 was probably par in
powerplay. But after Gayle took nine balls to get off the mark, with a
scampered single to mid-off – and was eventually lbw pushing forward to
Ajantha – the Windies could muster only 14 for two in their first six
overs.

They had a solitary boundary at that
point, punched past cover by Samuels off Kulasekera. It was not until
the 12th over, after Kulasekera had dropped Samuels at long-off on 20
off Jeevan Mendis, that birthday boy Dwayne Bravo added a first six to
go with the four – over midwicket off Akila Dananjaya.

Hitting out: Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene batting in Colombo

Hitting out: Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene batting in Colombo

But Samuels clubbed consecutive sixes
off the returning Lasith Malinga, over midwicket and extra-cover, and
then a third in the over, beyond long-on. The 13th over therefore cost
21 runs.

Bravo was to go to lbw, even though
bat might have been involved, pushing forward to Ajantha to end a
third-wicket stand of 59. Yet when Samuels brought up his 50 with his
fourth six, over long-on off Jeevan, West Indies were at last striking
to their potential.

Bowled: Tillakaratne Dilshan loses his wicket in Colombo

Bowled: Tillakaratne Dilshan loses his wicket in Colombo

It seemed too much had been left too
late, though, an impression underlined after Ajantha put himself on a
hat-trick – Kieron Pollard cutting, and well-held at backward point, and
Andre Russell lbw sweeping.

Samuels was eventually sixth out,
caught in the leg-side deep off Dananjaya, but captain Darren Sammy gave
his team a late lift by taking 16 off Kulasekera's final over. That
feelgood continued for the Windies when Ravi Rampaul produced an
excellent first delivery, knocking out Tillekeratne Dilshan's off-stump
to see him off for a duck.

Cheer we go: Sri Lankan bowler Ajantha Mendis celebrates after taking the wicket of West Indies batsman Andre Russell

Cheer we go: Sri Lankan bowler Ajantha Mendis celebrates after taking the wicket of West Indies batsman Andre Russell

The early breakthrough was a
necessary starting point for Sammy's men, but scoreboard pressure
appeared minimal while home captain Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar
Sangakkara were sharing a second-wicket stand of 42.

Not until Sangakkara picked out deep
midwicket with a pull at Samuel Badree did the Sri Lanka wobble kick in.
Mathews somehow managed to be bowled round his legs, off-stump, trying
to sweep Sammy.

Having a go: Kieron Pollard in batting action for the West Indies

Having a go: Kieron Pollard in batting action for the West Indies

The lynchpin himself, Jayawardene,
had already been dropped twice but could not make it count when he
reverse-swept Sunil Narine into Sammy's hands. Then the collapse went
into overdrive as Jeevan and then Thisara Perera were both haplessly
run-out.

There was no way back – despite some
late hitting from Kulasekera – after Lahiru Thirimanne, the last
specialist batsman, also bowed to the pressure by holing out in the
deep. A shell-shocked home crowd of 35,000 capacity had assembled to
cheer Sri Lanka all the way to their first 'World Cup' success since
1996.

Instead, they witnessed the
unlikeliest of denouements as West Indies got their hands on some
silverware to add at last to the Champions Trophy of 2004.

Showpiece: Sri Lanka face West Indies in the final

Showpiece: Sri Lanka face West Indies in the final

Hair we go: Sri Lankan fans cheer on their side at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo

Hair we go: Sri Lankan fans cheer on their side at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo

World Twenty 20: Sri Lanka beat West Indies in Super Eights

Semis loom for Sri Lanka as Jayawardene oversees nine-wicket win over West Indies

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UPDATED:

17:19 GMT, 29 September 2012

Hosts Sri Lanka put one foot in the ICC World Twenty20 semi-finals with a nine-wicket trouncing of the West Indies at Pallekele.

A capacity and partisan crowd celebrated every run as captain Mahela Jayawardene (65no) oversaw a composed run chase after the Windies had made 129 for five.

Jayawardene always had things under control, in a 45-ball half-century containing eight fours, to ensure Sri Lanka completed their straightforward task with almost five overs to spare.

In control: Sri Lanka romped to an easy win thanks to some cool batting from Kumar Sangakkara (left) and Mahela Jayawardene

In control: Sri Lanka romped to an easy win thanks to some cool batting from Kumar Sangakkara (left) and Mahela Jayawardene

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He shared an unbroken century stand
with Kumar Sangakkara and Sri Lanka therefore lead Super Eight Group E
as the only team with two wins to their name.

Marlon Samuels (50) and Dwayne Bravo
were largely responsible for the Windies mustering as many as they did
after Darren Sammy unsurprisingly chose to bat first on an awkward, used
surface.

Skilful seamer Nuwan Kulasekera
conceded only seven runs in his first three overs, but 21 to Samuels and
Andre Russell when he came back for his last.

Up in the air: Denesh Ramdin and Jayawardene look to the skies

Up in the air: Denesh Ramdin and Jayawardene look to the skies

Kulasekera was still in credit,
having picked up the key wicket of Chris Gayle when the West Indies'
dangerman edged behind as he chased an attempted cut at a wide ball.

Number three Samuels bided his time,
in a stand of 65 with Bravo, as Ajantha Mendis continued to make life
difficult and returned figures of two for 12 in favourable conditions
for his brand of slow bowling.

Samuels upped the ante in the later overs – apart from the penultimate, in which Lasith Malinga proved tough to get away – to complete a 34-ball half-century containing four fours and two sixes.

Strike bowler: Ajantha Mendis recorded figures of 12 for two

Strike bowler: Ajantha Mendis recorded figures of 12 for two

One of those maximums was a straight
one off Kulasekera which carried more than 100 metres to become the
biggest hit of the tournament so far.

But Samuels and his team must hope
they have more than that to celebrate when they return here on Monday,
to face New Zealand, in search of their second Super Eight victory – and
a shot after all at a place in the knockout stages in Colombo.

ICC World Twenty20 2012: Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe

Mendis skittles Zimbabwean batsmen as Sri Lanka cruise to victory by 82 runs

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UPDATED:

18:27 GMT, 18 September 2012

Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis demolished Zimbabwe with the best ever international Twenty20 bowling figures as the hosts cruised to an 82-run victory in the opening ICC World Twenty20 match in Hambantota.

The Lions overcame a minor wobble in the middle of their innings to set an imposing target of 183 which Zimbabwe never looked likely to reach.

Mendis was the key weapon in the Sri Lankan attack, claiming six wickets for just eight runs as Zimbabwe crumbled under the floodlights and could only reach a total of 100 in the Group C match.

Demolition man: Ajantha Mendis was in devastating form as the hosts cruised to victory

Demolition man: Ajantha Mendis was in devastating form as the hosts cruised to victory

Tough luck: Mahela Jayawardene (right) was gracious after an outstanding victory for Sri Lanka

Tough luck: Mahela Jayawardene (right) was gracious after an outstanding victory for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka started strongly in their innings before they were reduced to 54 for one when Dilshan Munaweera was run out for 17 in the seventh over.

Mahela Jayawardene was then handed a reprieve when he was given out lbw only for the decision to be chalked off as a back-foot no-ball by bowler Graeme Cremer.

However, three balls later, Cremer came back to claim the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan with a quick ball. The Sri Lanka captain tried to cut the delivery but mistimed it, with wicketkeeper Brendan Taylor claiming the second wicket with a neat catch.

Shining light: Mendis demolished Zimbabwe with the best ever international Twenty20 bowling figures

Shining light: Mendis demolished Zimbabwe with the best ever international Twenty20 bowling figures

Not bad either: Jeevan Mendis knocked 43 with the bat in an impressive display

Not bad either: Jeevan Mendis knocked 43 with the bat in an impressive display

Jayawardene was then run out two overs later as the momentum was briefly lost from the Sri Lankan innings before Kumar Sangakkara (44) and Jeevan Mendis (43) steered the side's total to an impressive 182 for four from the 20 overs.

In reply, Zimbabwe were quickly reduced to 43 for three with captain Taylor dismissed for a first-ball duck.

Opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza top-scored with 20 but after that things went downhill, with only four other batsmen creeping into double figures.

Jeevan Mendis (three for 24) was also in the wickets and he claimed the scalps of Craig Ervine (10) and Malcolm Waller (0) in the same over before Zimbabwe finally capitulated in the 18th over when Lasith Malinga removed Chris Mpofu for a duck.

Oh dear: Elton Chigumbura fell victim to Mendis

Oh dear: Elton Chigumbura fell victim to Mendis

Walk in the park: Mahela Jayawardena, left and Lasith Malinga will have far tougher tests ahead

Walk in the park: Mahela Jayawardena, left and Lasith Malinga will have far tougher tests ahead

Zimbabwe skipper Taylor was naturally disappointed to fall to such a convincing defeat in the opening game.

He told Sky Sports 1: 'We are a far better side than how we performed today but it was tough. We have to bounce back strongly. There's no excuse for it.

'We've all played enough cricket to go away from today and rethink, come back tomorrow and start training but we don't have a long time until Thursday.'

Sri Lanka captain Jayawardene said: 'It's tough playing a team like Zimbabwe as you can't take anything for granted.

'We got got a good score then bowled really well. It's a pretty good wicket but you have to get used to the pace a bit. The spinners came on and did the job.'